1. (Irish) of a man, to pay court to a woman.
|Mourne Folk 114: ‘D’ye think, Thomas, wud Miss O’Hara ‘face?’’ said John [...] ‘Ye know as well as me she’s long past her market.’.|
|Livin’ in Drumlister 33: Yo Bridget I went back, / An’ faced her for it that night week.‘Me an’ Me Da’ in|
2. (US campus, also face down) to outperform, to correct, to show up, to humiliate, to insult.
|Little Men, Big World 79: He’d face down Old Horny himself.|
|Tenants (1972) 121: If you gon fuck black you gon face black.|
|Campus Sl. Spring 3: face – to take advantage of; to embarrass.|
|Indep. Rev. 9 Aug. 4: Does Stothard have the bottle to face him down?|
|Hooky Gear 265: Hes sittin there vex as fuck, facin me down.|
SE in slang uses
to bluster, to defy, to bully verbally.
|Agaynst The Scottes 31: Such boste make To prate and crake, To face and brace All voyde of grace.|
|Sermon before Edward VI (Arb.) 152: Men [...] woulde face it and brace it and make a shewe of vpryght dealynge .|
|Fortress of Faithful (1844) 599: They gripe, they nip, they face, they brase, they semble, they dissemble [...] to maintain and set forth their unnoble nobility .|
see under music n.